Ecological listening to more-than-human worlds

‘Humans are tuned for relationship. The eyes, the skin, the tongue, ears, and nostrils—all are gates where our body receives the nourishment of others. This landscape of shadowed voices, these feathered bodies and tumbling streams–these breathing shapes are our family.’ (David Abram)

On April 20th at the Melbourne Recital Centre we present the Australian premiere of Liza Lim’s Extinction Events & Dawn Chorus, a major work that has resonated decisively with ensembles and audiences all over the world. It contemplates the vast conglomerations of plastic trash moving in ocean currents that bind fish to land to humans in strange and toxic relationships. This is a work that echoes with relics of past musics and the call of the extinct Kauaʻi ʻōʻō bird yet also rests in hope: can we make new relationships within the webs of life?

Mary Bellamy’s Enveloped is a sonic cyborg, fusing together the ‘cello and contrabass recorder to make a new whole.

Aaron Cassidy reimagines the piano concerto drawing on the free ranging gestural worlds of jazz greats McCoy Tyner, Art Tatum, Thelonius Monk, and Cecil Taylor. The work has been especially written for solo pianist Alex Waite who brings iridescent brilliance to creating this world premiere.

The concert begins at 7:30PM, inside the amazing structure and design of the Elisabeth Murdoch concert hall, an architecture that wonderfully complements and enhances the artistic sentiments of the major Liza Lim work.

ELISION is deeply appreciative of support given to this event by the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation, CeReNeM through Huddersfield University UK, and Creative Victoria. 

ELISION live in Leeds

The ensemble is looking forward to our return to the University of Leeds and the opportunity to present really significant new pieces from composers Evan Johnson, ‘contemptus mundi’ for clarinet in C and piano, Einar Torfi Einarsson, ‘Other proportions: rough path by extinction (virgula ligatura)’ for saxophone and piano, and a new solo by Dominik Karski. All of these works are expressly written for the performing brilliance of Alex Waite, Carl Rosman and Joshua Hyde. The concert also has works from Golnaz Shariatzadeh, Ann Cleare, Bethan Morgan-Williams and ELISION’s long standing friend-Richard Barrett.